Starting Solid Foods – A Sample Schedule of Introducing Solids

Introducing Solid Foods – a sample schedule for ideas of when/how much solids to begin with.

Start solids in the morning or mid-afternoon. If your baby has any type of reaction, either allergic or with tummy troubles, you will have all day to deal with it.

Starting solids at bedtime runs the risk of disrupting baby’s sleeping schedule as her body learns to digest the new foods.

STARTING SOLID FOODS

Remember:

You will probably only manage to have baby eat 1/2 of the tablespoon sized portion the very first times you begin solids. 

WEEK 1

Try 1 tablespoon for the first few feedings.

WEEK 2

Continue with feeding small amounts; your baby will still be getting used to solid foods

WEEK 3

Continue feeding small amounts.

WEEK 4

Baby may be on a wider variety of foods now. Try mixing those acceptable foods.

WEEK 5

Offer these foods for 3 or 4 days then move to another food

Nurse your baby or offer formula bottles before solid foods. Offer solids from 1/2 hour to 1 hour after breast or bottle. Formula and/or Breast Milk are more important than solid foods when baby is starting solids.

Start solids in the morning or mid-afternoon. If your baby has any type of reaction, either allergic or with tummy troubles, you will have all day to deal with it.

Starting solids at bedtime runs the risk of disrupting baby’s sleeping schedule as her body learns to digest the new foods.

BREAST MILK and/or FORMULA

Breast Milk and/or Formula as usual throughout the night and day

Breast Milk and/or Formula as usual throughout the night and day

Breast Milk and/or Formula as usual throughout the night and day

Breast Milk and/or Formula as usual throughout the night and day

Breast Milk and/or Formula as usual throughout the night and day

5 Weeks of Solids
WEEK 1

Offer 1 of these foods for 3 or 4 days then move to another food

Try 1 tablespoon for the first feedings.

WEEK 2

Offer 1 these foods for 3 or 4 days then move to another food

WEEK 3

Offer 1 these foods for 3 or 4 days then move to another food

WEEK 4

Offer these foods for 3 or 4 days then move to another food

WEEK 5

Offer these foods for 3 or 4 days then move to another food

BREAKFAST

Avocado and/or
Sweet Potato

Starting with Rice Cereal – is it necessary? Read our Cereal FAQs

Banana and/or
Pears

OR

Avocado or Sweet Potato

Butternut Squash
and/or Apples

OR

Avocado, Bananas, Pears or Sweet Potatoes

Green Beans
and/or
Rice Cereal

 

Peaches

OR

Green Beans, Rice Cereal, Butternut Squash, Avocado, Bananas, Pears or Sweet Potatoes or Apples

Once you have introduced a variety of foods, you can then make baby "meals" and combination foods.

MID-AFTERNOON MEAL

- if desired –

Avocado and/or
Sweet Potato

Bananas and/or
Pears

Butternut Squash, Avocado, Bananas, Pears or Sweet Potatoes or Apples

Green Beans or Rice Cereal

OR

Butternut Squash, Avocado, Bananas, Pears or Sweet Potatoes or Apples

Peaches

OR

Green Beans, Rice Cereal Butternut Squash, Avocado, Bananas, Pears or Sweet Potatoes or Apples

 

Suggested Daily "Milk" Intakes

0-3 Months of age:
Breastfeed every 1-3 hours or Formula 18-40 ounces

4-5 Months of age:
Breastfeed every 2-4 hours or Formula 24-45 ounces

6-8 Months of age:
Breastfeed every 3-4 hours or Formula 24-37 ounces

9-12 Months of age:
Breastfeed every 4-5 hours or Formula 24-31 ounces

Whole Cow Milk should not be introduced, as a drink to replace
formula and/or breastmilk until 12 months of age.
compiled from Merck Source

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